Bees

Bees
 

Bees are essential for growing crops, and we are proud to have a large number of beehives across the Estate. The bees gather nectar and pollen, as well as components for propolis (a sticky substance which they create at the hive). While doing this, they pollinate plants and crops all over the farm.

 

Each hive holds a colony of approximately 60,000 bees during the summer - but only one queen - and the bees will fly from dawn to dusk when they are active. Spring and summer worker bees only live for around six weeks, but queen bees can liv for many years, overwintering in the hive with winter workers and surviving on honey. 

 

Our honey is simply extracted using traditional methods here in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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To fill a 340g jar of honey, it takes:

  • 870 bees

  • travelling 136,185km

  • visiting more than 1.7 million flowers

That's 156km per bee!

Each worker bee will only make one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime, which puts a new perspective on the saying 'as busy as a bee'